COVID19 Q and A

COVID19 Q and A

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COVID19 Q and A

FAQs about COVID-19

Who can currently travel to Lord Howe Island?

Residents from New South Wales are permitted to fly to Lord Howe Island so long as they have not travelled from any declared COVID-19 hotspots. Travellers from other Australian states are permitted to travel to Lord Howe if they are no state border conditions in place restricting their entry to New South Wales.

Are there any known cases of COVID-19 on Lord Howe Island? 

There are currently no known active cases of COVID-19 on the island. Let’s keep Lord Howe Island COVID-free, so we can all continue to enjoy the island paradise together.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other colds and flus and include:

  • fever
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath/difficulty breathing.

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms before you travel or while on the island, please seek medical advice and Coronavirus testing.

What should I do if I’m on Lord Howe Island and feeling unwell?

If you feel unwell with flu-like symptoms while on island, please contact the Gower Wilson Memorial Hospital on +2 6563 2000 to arrange a COVID-19 test. 

What is Lord Howe Island doing to encourage social distancing?

With a small resident population, capped visitor numbers, and plenty of sunshine and sea air, Lord Howe is tailor-made for social distancing and wellbeing. Restaurants and tour operators are limiting numbers to ensure social distancing requirements are met. Book restaurants and tours in advance to guarantee your place.

Do I need to wear a mask on Lord Howe Island?

We recommend carrying a clean mask with you for your holiday. Mask wearing is currently essential in airports and on planes with fines for non-compliance.

It may also be beneficial to wear a mask when:

  • it’s hard to maintain 1.5m physical distance from others
  • you start to feel unwell
  • you’re travelling through public areas
  • you’re in confined indoor areas (shops etc.).

Will I need to quarantine when I return home?

Currently there is no government advice suggesting you need to quarantine when you return home from Lord Howe, assuming you have not entered a state government-defined ‘hot spot’ in the last 14 days. Check your state government website regularly for information regarding quarantining requirements.

What precautions are taken on the flights?

Qantaslink is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellbeing of passengers and staff, and has implemented temporary safety measures for check-in, catering and onboard services. See more information here: https://www.qantas.com/au/en/travel-info/travel-updates/coronavirus.html

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